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UPDATE: Police seek 'persons of interest' in studio killing

APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks said late Sunday that police would like to talk with Sean Bernard Frazier, 21, Lawrence Stephens, 22, Henry Rashabian Wallace, 20, Jason Loving, 31, and Jacory Antwan Butts, 20, in reference to a shooting outside of Brickhouse Productions early Sunday morning.

Banks says that 20-year-old Lashelton Stanford of Flovilla was shot and killed after a fight erupted around 5:30 a.m. at Nab's Tavern/ Brickhouse Productions on the 1700 block of Schilling Avenue.

When police arrived, Banks says that they found Stanford and security guard George Ferguson shot. Stanford later died, but Ferguson's injuries ---believed to be a gunshot wound to the hand --- are not life-threatening.

Police are searching for an unknown shooter and are soliciting the public's help in finding this suspect. Anyone with information can call the Albany Police Department directly at 431-2100 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 229-431-TIPS. Calls to crimestoppers may be eligible for a reward.

Nab's Tavern which also does business as Brickhouse Productions, has been repeatedly flagged for violating city ordinances. In 2008, the owner, Molly Nixon-Loving was charged with operating during prohibited hours, after people were seen leaving the building after 4 a.m.

Banks said that investigators are currently focused on finding Stanford's killer but the establishment's activity will likely come under scrutiny by investigators again next week.

Albany Code Enforcement Director Mike Tilson says that the establishment is not a club, despite being listed on several Web site directories as such.

"They don't have an alcohol license," Tilson said.

Instead, their business license lists them as "promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events."

Nabs Tavern has been closed for several years, he said.